Team – Record – (first place votes) – total score — Last Week – (My vote)
1. Wisconsin (2-0-0), (14) 167 — Last Week: 1 (1)
2. Minnesota (2-0-0), (3) 156 — Last Week: 2 (2)
3. Quinnipiac (2-0-0), 116 — Last Week: 4 (7)
4. Clarkson (2-0-0), 113 — Last Week: 5 (5)
5. Minnesota-Duluth (1-0-1), 83 — Last Week: ARV (4)
6. Boston College (0-1-1), 81 — Last Week: 3 (3)
7. Colgate (2-0-0), 69 — Last Week: 8 (6)
8. North Dakota (1-0-1), 56 — Last Week: 6 (NR)
9. Princeton (0-0-0), 48 — Last Week: 7 (8)
T10. Bemidji State (2-0-0), 16 — Last Week: ARV (NR)
T10. Boston University (1-0-0), 16 — Last Week: 10 (10)
Also Receiving Votes: Saint Lawrence 11 (9), Harvard 2, Robert Morris 1
What we learned this weekend:
The Gophers are who we think they are. Some might penalize Minnesota for struggling to pull away from Lindenwood, but the Lions are better than people think. The aggregate score was 9-2 and shots were 62-20 with consistent 30-10, 32-10 performances.
The Bobcats might not be who we think they are. Maine’s four unanswered goals against the Bobcats on Friday are probably more flukey than anything, but they’re cause for concern. Also concerning – the shot totals not being more slanted in the Bobcats’ favor. I expect Quinnipiac to go in to a series against a Maine team most think isn’t good and dominate shots in the area of 28-10 and win two 3-0 games. Maine got a bit too close for comfort.
Outside the state of Minnesota, Clarkson probably looked best on the weekend. A 7-3 aggregate and 79-40 on shots including a 43-15 thumping on Friday. But the penalties, oh my goodness, the penalties. Clarkson committed 18 minor penalties on the weekend. Unsurprisingly two of Penn State’s three goals were power play goals.
Boston College and Minnesota-Duluth
I know people are going to criticize me for ranking BC above UMD after this past weekend and tough. Wisconsin lost to St. Cloud State two years ago. Should I have ranked the Huskies higher after that?
I think these two teams are about even. I think games in Boston would generally go BC’s way and games in Duluth the opposite. One thing though…BC only had one even strength goal on the weekend. On second thought, maybe mash that panic button.
Colgate and New Hampshire
A lot of teams had pretty average weekends, Colgate among them. I think New Hampshire is better than people give them credit for though. I expect them to fight for a home seed in Hockey East.
North Dakota and Bemidji State
The WCHA teams try to play a lot of out of conference games that look good on paper but don’t pass muster. North Dakota will play Syracuse and Lindenwood and Bemidji State will play RIT to round out their non-WCHA opponents.
Mercyhurst and SU might be okay and they’re the top CHA teams but they play Quinnipiac, at Cornell, at Robert Morris, and at Northeastern and a home and home against Northeastern respectively. These wins are not going to look impressive in two weeks.
The games you don’t play can hurt you.
St. Lawrence and Northeastern
Yikes. A 5-0 win and a game where St. Lawrence jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Huskies found their skates. So this is life without Kendall Coyne. The Huskies are probably pretty good but the Saints gave them a rough wakeup call.
SLU’s Brooke Webster had four goals and an assist on the weekend. Kennedy Marchment had a goal and six assists. They came to play.
WHO RANKED ROBERT MORRIS?! WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS?! The Colonials won both games but man did they get pummeled. Outshot 31-21 and 32-19 and they only scored one even strength goal on the weekend. Providence had two and a shorty. (Both teams seemed to find the penalty box quite comfy.)